The Federal Trade Commission today released the agenda for its first privacy roundtable, scheduled for December 7, 2009, at the FTC Conference Center in Washington, DC. The Roundtable is the first of three public events designed to explore the privacy challenges posed by technology and business practices that collect and use consumer data. The agenda, available at http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/workshops/privacyroundtables/index.shtml, launches the public dialogue by focusing on the risks and benefits of information-sharing practices, consumer expectations regarding such practices, behavioral advertising, information brokers, and the adequacy of existing legal and self-regulatory frameworks.
The Commission also announced that it will convene its second privacy roundtable on January 28, 2010. The event, hosted by the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, will take place at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law Booth Auditorium. The second roundtable will focus on how technology affects consumer privacy, including its role in both raising privacy concerns and enhancing privacy protections. The roundtable will include specific discussions on cloud computing, mobile computing, and social networking. Details regarding the third and final roundtable, which will take place on March 17, 2010, in Washington, DC, will be announced at a later date.